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  1. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test Third Generation Overview

  2. CAPT Overview Connecticut General Statutes • sec. 10-14n • Mandates Statewide Assessment • Includes Grade 10 Public School Students • Not Sole Criterion for Graduation, Promotion • Certification of Mastery • On Permanent School Record, Transcript • sec. 10-223a • Include Results in Graduation Requirements

  3. Components of the Assessment

  4. 2004 2005 2006 2007 DevelopmentBegan Items Piloted Items Piloted Live March 5 - 30 3rd Generation TimelineAll Subjects Measurement Incorporated ( MI) from Durham, NC holds the contract for CAPT 3rd Generation

  5. Option to Revise orReject 3-year Process Item Development Path

  6. The Mathematics Assessment

  7. Mathematics Sessions • Cover 2 standards each • May contain Linking Items • Starts with 4 Open Ended then all Grid-In • Items vary in difficulty, but do not get harder as you go further • Best to write something for every problem

  8. Linking Items • Linking items are items that are used on tests in subsequent years or generations in order to equate the results from year to year. • There are linking items in each discipline. • Results for these items are not counted towards individual student performance.

  9. Changes for Mathematics New for the Third Generation: • Based on 2005 Connecticut Mathematics Framework Changes carried from the Second Generation: • Students Can Show Their Work ORExplain Their Reasoning • Two 75 minute Sessions

  10. Science New for the Third Generation: • Based on 2004 Connecticut Science Framework • Performance Task Removed • No more kit delivery before CAPT • No longer a “one size fits all” lab exercise

  11. Science • Embedded Tasks Suggested • Context of lab and STS tasks used for open- ended questions that assess inquiry skills • One open-ended question per strand (total of 5)

  12. Science Scoring changes • A shift from 33% to 47 % of the assessment on inquiry skills • Inquiry skills assessed in both multiple choice and 5 open-ended items

  13. Science

  14. Reading Across the Disciplines RtL = independently scored by two readers

  15. Reading Across the Disciplines Changes Reading for Information • Every Other Paragraph Numbered in Articles

  16. Writing Across the Disciplines IW = independently scored by two readers

  17. Writing Across the Disciplines Changes Interdisciplinary Writing • Two Articles Per Task

  18. Total Score Range Note: Scaled scores are computed differently for each discipline. Visit the CAPT Resources webpage to view the technical report for more information.

  19. Visit CTREPORTS.COM Visit this site to find local, district and state data disaggregated and for the entire population and make comparisons within a generation and to other towns and high schools within Connecticut.

  20. English Language Learners • Enrolled > 10 Months in U.S. Public School Must Take All Parts of CAPT • Enrolled < 10 Monthsin U.S. Public School & Took Language Assessment Scales Are Exempted from Reading, Writing, Science – But Not Mathematics* *A Federal rule through NCLB

  21. Skills Checklist • For Significantly Cognitively Impaired • Requires Intensive Individualized Instruction in Multiple Settings to Acquire, Maintain, or Generalize Skills Students Without Disabilities Typically Develop Outside of a School Setting • Instructional Program May Include Functional / Life Skills Component

  22. CAPT shown to be a Predictor of Future Success Success is defined by: • Interest in College • Time Elapsed Before Starting College • Reduced Number of College Remediation Courses • Increased # of Credits Taken Per Semester • Number of College Courses Taken & Passed • College GPA • Attainment of Post-Secondary Degree Click for the study, First Steps: An Evaluation of the Success of Connecticut Students Beyond High School.

  23. We Must Work Together CSDE FRAMEWORKS Guide for content and instruction in Grades PK-12 CSDE CMT/CAPT Assessment of selected concepts and skills in Grades 3-8 and 10 STUDENT LEARNING DISTRICT Curriculum, instruction, and assessment guidelines

  24. 3rd Generation Handbooks Are Available Online They are subject specific and include: • Changes • CAPT Standards • Test Blueprint • 10 Practical Teaching Strategies • Released Items Click here for access.

  25. Reading Writing Using Evidence Analyzing Information Making Inferences Using Data Graphing Real World Problems Make Connections Across Subject Areas CAPT Tasks for all disciplines include: How can teachers support these threads in each and every content area?

  26. Content Area Strategies Success is achieved throughYear-Long Quality Instructional Practices* See your content area CAPT handbook for more information.

  27. Contacts for Questions Jennifer E. BorckEducation Consultant, Literacy Mary Anne ButlerEducation Consultant, Science Marlene M. LovanioEducation Consultant,